Before we begin with any advice and tips, it is important for you to listen to your doctor’s advice. Even though complications during pregnancy do not happen to all women, but if they do arise in your case, they may prevent you from carrying on with your training, despite how how committed and motivated you are with your running.
A proper and open discussion with your Ob-Gyn about your exercise schedule is key to having a healthy pregnancy. A supportive doctor will understand and recognise the benefits of an exercise program. You can have your doctor address your needs and give you advice that suits your body during your pregnancy. At any time, if you feel the need to get a second opinion, do not hesitate to do so.
Once you are good to lace up and continue running, then make sure that your enthusiasm is cautious.
Here are a few tips that you absolutely must keep in mind on your run:
During pregnancy the hormone relaxin is produced in a woman’s body. This hormone is responsible for relaxing joints and ligaments. Loose joints and ligaments can make you more susceptible to injury, and the gradual widening of your hips will change your biomechanics and make your feet more likely to overpronate (i.e roll excessively inwards). This is the reason that easing gently into a run and making sure that you stretch properly and sufficiently afterwards is paramount.
But as we mentioned earlier — it is essential to listen to what your doctor has to say, before jumping into your routine. That expert advice along with these pointers should keep you running all through your pregnancy!
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